Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman is a wonderfully written book for people of all ages. It details the most famous tales of Norse Mythology and describe how Norse folk believed the world came to be. If you’re a superhero fan, you’ll enjoy these stories of Thor, Loki, and Odin picturing them in all their splendor from the movies. It’s a very easy read and the author Gaiman has done a lot of research in picking out what he believes to be the most important myths.
The book is written in chronological order and his descriptive writing makes the reader want to know more about the heroes and villains. Creation myths, character development, and a shattering climax make this book a must read for anyone interested in mythology. I’ve always loved Hindu and Greek mythology and have never really been exposed to Norse mythology outside of the characters in Marvel comics. Now after reading this book, I couldn’t be more excited for the next Thor movie to come out.
The book is full of tales on love, war, jealousy, greed, courage and betrayal and is perfect for a train ride or bedtime reading to your child. To make things easier a detailed glossary is at the end of the book reiterating the characters’ names and backgrounds. After reading this, I definitely plan to read his book American Gods which has received a lot of praise and been made into a critically acclaimed TV show.
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Daivik is our young guest blogger who loves reading. He has just finished his graduation in Economics and Environmental Science at Emory University, Atlanta and is currently looking to do some work experience before applying for a masters degree. He is an avid Indian cricket and Liverpool fan and enjoys craft beer